In our continuing battle on behalf of Maggie's new album Coming Home, a record that made precious little business sense to release but we just loved so much we just HAD to, we present some ammo for you to sample.
>>Stream the ENTIRE record on Spinner.com and see if we're lying about how wonderful it is.
>>Check out this pro video shot at Crackle @ Pop Studios in Seattle of the song "Wasteland" and soak in some of the magic
Check out THIS brilliant live version of Grey Skies by Dex and his sister and a new bass player. Captured in some evocative black and white footage opening for Wanda Jackson and Jack White, it's the band at their best.
In other Dex Duo news, they are heading into the studio in the coming weeks to record their next record. Rick Miller from Southern Culture on the Skids is providing the studio and handling the producer duties.
Videos! Interviews! Rather than post separately, here are the nifty bits 'o' media oddness that crossed our virtual desks today (well, maybe not TODAY, but I'm finally getting around to them.)
--HA HA TONKA: Most people assume that life on the road is one of glamour and comfort. Well, HHT shows just how TRUE THIS IS with THIS hilarious (yet sadly accurate) little video on Digital Tour Bus about their trusty (well, not so trusty, but that's another story) van. SWOON ALERT: Luke Long is shirtless throughout the video. See how REAL musicians travel...
--JON LANGFORD: While Jon girds himself of his upcoming EAST COAST tour, we thought we'd wet your musical whistle with THIS video posted on Time Out Chicago of him and band performing acoustic "Getting Used To Uselessness" from his latest fab slab Old Devils
--SCOTT H BIRAM: Someone thought it would be smart to put SHB on TV in Austin. Check THIS out, man. Scott's covering Don Walser, yodels his ass off in a Black Flag T and camo trucker cap after being intro'd by the squeaky clean super square TV host.
--BEN WEAVER: A fantastic feature on Aquarium Drunkard. It's called Diversions and covers artists waxing about subjects other than performing. Ben talks about meeting the great southern author Larry Brown
WHEW! That oughtta keep you all occupied for AT LEAST an hour at "work"
In the current Time Out Chicago, Jon Langford discusses his new album Old Devils, actual old devils like Kingsley Amis and Andre Williams and why his bass player is allowed to ride mechanical bulls in bars, but not his guitar player.
Read it HERE
Jon and some of the Skull Orchard performed "1234 Ever" in the Time Out Offices. Watch it HERE
Enjoy, and we hope we see you at The Ball!
In July, Andre went home to Detroit to play in a big fancy room in front of a lot of fancy people for the 210 Detroit Concert of Colors.
Check out THIS video of him doing his classic "Bacon Fat." Included in his band are Matthew Smith (Volebeats, Outrageous Cherry, producer of Andre's last album), Don Was, and Dennis Coffey of the Funk Brothers (check out that wailing solo...)
The video and audio on these are super pro. ENJOY!
Now, those in the know about Wayne "The Train" know that he's the King of Juke Joint Swing. So why does he play a heavy metal store when he's in Salt Lake City?
Cuz they're cool guys with a cool store, that's why. Our buddies at the Heavy Metal Shop know good music when they hear it and have developed a serious music crush on Wayne, so much so they had him do an in-store show there last week.
Check out some video HERE
You can tell it's a Metal store by the big banner that says DIE MOTHERFUCKERS on the wall behind them. Now, we just need to get Wayne on a bill with Goatwhore...
Usually, when we get bits and pieces of news or interesting tidbits, we try and weave them together and present them to you as a thematic whole. After much mulling, we could find no way to do that, so we thought the very LACK of a theme would be the theme. Thus, three totally unrelated bits of news for your time-wasting pleasure as we slink towards the three day weekend:
--ASCAP posted a great little "Audio Portrait" of Graham Parker. He talks about the songwriting process, what he looks for in a perfect pop song, how he balances the dark with the cheery, PLUS you get to hear segments of several of his new songs from his lastest album Imaginary Television. Have a listen HERE
--When Devil in a Woodpile broke up, we were (and remain) very sad. However, washboardist/harpist Rick Sherry's new band Sanctified Grumblers have picked up the slack some. In addition to reviving the Tuesday night gigs at the Hideout, HERE's a video of their song "Stump Grinder"---it'll put some lead in your pencil. We'll see you Tuesdays...
--Finally, we've been running this madhouse known as Bloodshot for 15 years now, working longs hours for low pay faced with the constant vicissitudes that beset small independents like us. So, you'll have to excuse us if we get a little miffed when interlopers and dilettantes muscle in on our territory. When we got the news that ELLEN FRICKING DEGENERES has started her own label, well, part of us wanted to rail against the heavens at all the easy publicity she's getting and part of us wanted to go all Virginia Woolfe and put rocks in our pockets and wade into Lake Michigan. Maybe then we could get the wider world to pay attention.
Enjoy your long weekend and remember: only YOU can prevent such madness...
In what could be the most awesome thing sent to us all month, here's a video of a Janesville, WI show choir covering Firewater's "This Is My Life" off of their Bloodshot release, The Golden Hour. Says Firewater's ringleader Tod, "It's kind of impossible to describe the feeling I get from watching this."
As part of the AV Club's Undercover series, Justin Townes Earle had his pick of 25 songs to cover—he chose Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City." Check it out: